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Toy Test #4: Best and Worst Toys in our Tests

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By Lauren Keith and Stephanie Byars - bio | email

(KFVS) - Our final toy test of 2010 features our fave toy of the season, the worst and our pick for Best Value under $25.  We also go back into a first grade classroom after about a month of testing to see what toys the kids are still playing with among what analysts call "the top four toys" aside from gaming consoles.

Analysts say Singamajigs are hot, but the first graders in Kim Crader's class say they're not. The newness quickly wore off. Miss Crader says only one child was even remotely interested in these harmonizing stuffed animals.

"They weren't super-excited for them."

They're cute, they do work, and we think younger children will get a kick out of them more than 6 and 7 year olds. We do knock the synchronized Singamajigs from a 'B' to a 'C'.

"I had it first!"

"It's only for two people! You're not sharing!"

Just like the gumball machine at the store, the kids also kept fighting over the toy, Squinkies. Miss Crader says save yourself the headache. The tiny pieces easily get lost and the kids have trouble opening the bubble the collectibles come in. We stick with a disappointing 'D' for the $12 dollar play set, stopping short of failing it because the kids do like playing with it, in between their little tiffs.

This year, the "spin-offs" remain at the top of the "best" list. Zoobles are much like Bakugan, but remember save yourself some money on the play sets. We found the kids rarely played with that and just picked up the dolls themselves. We pop Zoobles up from a 'C' to a 'B'.

"My favorite toy is Furry Frenzies."

Of this bunch, it's ours, too. The Zhu-zhu pet spin off ended up being the toy the kids played with most this month. Miss Crader says the parts can break off the track, but easily go back on. We also like the different animals this group offers; it's not just hamsters.


Up! The $30 Furry Frenzies play set rolls on down the track, keeping its solid grade 'A'. 

Something else that's good? Playdoh 3D Creations Flash Art is our choice for "Best Value under $25."  Kids and adults enjoy all the crafts and activities you can make with this non-messy toy. It was a hit among our testers and seems to keep many different age groups content.

We wish we could say the same about the Anti-gravity Web Runner spider.

"I'm kinda sad it won't work, and it only keeps its charge for ten minutes."

The $40 creepy crawler delights the kids for a few minutes, then quickly bores them when it runs out of battery and doesn't crawl on the ceiling as promised. We failed it originally. Now you can add the title of "Worst Toy" in our tests this season.

Onto the best....

"I loved the Tag reading system. The kids loved it. They enjoy reading so much."

We loved all the educational toys from Leap Frog and VTech. Again, the $40 Tag reading system holds the kids' attention the most, keeps them guessing while learning and truly brings reading to life as promised.

"I did like everything about it," said one little boy.

The Leap Frog Tag reading system earns and keeps that A+.

Happy shopping!

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